Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jesus Was Only In A Hurry Once... by Nina Keegan

when Jesus walked the earth ministering to others, there was always a sense of rest.. he never seemed to be in a hurry. He encouraged people to not be worried, to stay in peace, to be at rest… He was never in a hurry even to go take care of Lazarus,(his good friend) while he was sick, in fact he showed up a few days after he was already dead… even then he was not in a hurry and Lazarus rose from the dead.
  In the story of the two sisters Mary and Martha, Jesus encouraged Martha to sit down and rest at his feet like her sister Mary...  
Martha was hurrying to get dinner on the table, rushing  about and worrying. Jesus did not like all the busyness and hurrying..he encouraged her to sit and rest.

Jesus whole ministry portrays him from a place of peace and a place of rest..that was his message except for one time….

In all four Gospels there's only one time when Jesus said "make haste", Just once, there  seemed to be an urgency in his voice and he seemed to be in an apparent hurry. Why? 

Luke 19:5
When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. "Zacchaeus!" he said. "Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today."

This scripture is packed with information about the importance of salvation.

Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was very wealthy and he got that way by cheating people. He had a bad reputation about town and wasn't well-liked .. yet he had heard about Jesus and was excited to get a glimpse of him as he was passing by. Zacchaeus climbed up in a tree so he could see over the vast crowds that were gathered to see Jesus and those that were following him in great numbers.

What's interesting to me is that
We cannot hide from Jesus and he always knows exactly where we are… He looked straight up into the tree and called "Zacchaeus"by his name!
That had to have startled him… Jesus had known his name! Jesus always wants to be personal with us, he wants a loving, personal relationship with each one of us.
Jesus knows your name.

Next, Jesus said "quick come down!"
Zacchaeus  needed to come down quickly.. 
Jesus wanted to meet with him Jesus wanted him to be changed and to be saved… and, when it comes to our salvation, there is no time to waste. We never know when our last day on earth will be...and this was so important to Jesus. Also by Jesus telling him to come down, he was asking him to humble himself it was very metaphoric as Zacchaeus had quite a lofty self image… He had pride and he had greed. Jesus was trying to bring him back down to a place of humility.

The scripture goes on to say that Jesus said "I must be a guest at your house."

Zacchaeus was very quick to climb down from the tree and with great excitement and joy was ready to host Jesus at his house… We all should be so excited about an invitation from Jesus for our divine salvation.. but what I love is that Jesus didn't just stop with Zacchaeus,
He saved his entire household!

Jesus said to him, "TODAY salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.

Immediately Zacchaeus and his household were saved! I believe that's why Jesus said "Today"
He didn't wait for Zacchaeus to get cleaned up and get his act together, he didn't wait for him to be perfect to be saved.
No matter what you're doing, no matter what your besetting sin is, Jesus wants you to be his...sealed in salvation now!

When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives, then we can be a witness to our families.

 The Bible says in Acts 16:31

"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.

What's interesting is that when Jesus announced he was going to stay at Zacchaeus's house, he had to have said it loudly so that he could hear him all the way up in the tree. But I believe Jesus also wanted the entire crowd to hear him because Jesus wanted everyone to know that even though this man was a sinner, Jesus loved him and wanted him saved.
The people were very displeased that Jesus would be the guest in the home of a notorious sinner and they grumbled..

How many of us judge others that way by thinking that their sin is so much worse than ours? But that's what Jesus died for .. his whole purpose was to seek out the lost, the hurting, the broken, the sinners, he came to set us all free from sin and death.
 Jesus came for us all!!

In the end,
Zacchaeus would demonstrate total repentance. He would restore people that he had cheated and he would give half of his wealth to the poor….

When we get in the presence of Jesus that's when we come to a place of true repentance that's when we can totally let go of our sin! The blood of Jesus and his mercy and forgiveness for us redeems us and begins to rend our hearts pure.  It's in this place of repentance where we can call on Jesus to be the Lord of our lives and begin to live on purpose for Christ.

There is no time to waste and when it comes to your salvation and your household salvation. Jesus wants your whole heart and now, what are you waiting for? There is an urgency, call on the name of Jesus and be saved!
If you who have not yet made Jesus your Lord and Savior say this prayer and call on Jesus now..

"Heavenly father I repent of my sins I know that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for me, to forgive me of all my sins, and then he was raised from the dead for my eternal salvation.
Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart now and I make you the Lord of my life in Jesus name I pray."

Acts 2:21
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

If you have made the decision to make Jesus the Lord of your life I pray for you right now and for everyone reading this that behold you are a new creation in Christ! Stay in the word, get in a good Bible-based church and begin to listen and read the word. There are angels rejoicing right now because of your decision.

God bless you all! 


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God bless you❤️

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